Bengals first round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick is doesn’t need to right away because of the team’s depth at cornerback. His learning curve might be a little steeper because at Alabama he never backpedaled.
“I never backpedaled,” Kirkpatrick told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “We were always press man, Cover 2. It was never just sit there and reading the receiver on his route. It was something new.”
Kirkpatrick admits that his first three days with the Bengals “didn’t look pretty.”
What head coach Marvin Lewis likes are what he calls Kirkpatrick’s “intangibles,” and he realizes the OTAs offer “a limited scope,” and that Kirkpatrick was asked to only do certain things.
“It’s different (for him), with the terminology I’m sure, but the main thing is he’s got a lot of the intangibles we were hoping he had and obviously he’s got great ability,” Lewis said. “He wants to be good. That’s the key element in the whole thing. Until you start working with a guy, you’re not sure where exactly day-to-day of what his intent is. Until you get a chance to see him come back from play-to-play.”
He’s leaning a different game but it’s not like the Bengals have to rush Kirkpatrick like they had to do with their previous two first-round corners. In 2006 and 2007, Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall were rookies, respectively, and they began their first years as the third corners before Joseph started regularly in the 10th game and Hall in the ninth.